Archive for ‘Immigration’

September 25, 2013

Obama on Track to Deport a Record 2 Million People by 2014

In Arizona

By Natasha Lennard of Alternet:

At current rates, deportations enforced under the Obama presidency are set to hit 2 million by 2014 according to a new report from the University of California-Merced. Findings highlight that, if current deportation rates continue, nearly as many people will have been deported under this administration than during the entirety of years between 1892 and 1997. These are striking statistics to consider while Congress debates the president’s commitment to immigration enforcement.

September 25, 2013

Bodies Pile Up in Texas as Immigrants Adopt New Routes Over Border


From the Associated Press:

FALFURRIAS, Tex. — By the time the woman perished, she had probably slogged 25 miles through dry ranch lands in her quest to enter the United States. She was found just feet from a highway where she might have been picked up and taken to Houston with other migrants making the same journey.

Not long ago, her body would have been taken to a funeral home for a cursory attempt at identification, then buried in this town an hour north of the Mexico border under a sign reading “unknown female.”

May 8, 2013

“Over the Line”: U.S. Agents Shooting Dead Innocent Mexicans Across the Border With Impunity


Originally posted at Democracy Now:

A joint investigation by the Washington Monthly and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute has found over the past five years U.S. border agents have shot across the border at least 10 times, killing a total of six Mexicans on Mexican soil. The killings have gone unpunished after a court ruled the Mexican victims have no standing to sue in U.S. courts since they died on their own soil. Investigative reporter John Carlos Frey writes: “The picture that emerges from this investigation is of an agency operating with thousands of poorly trained rookies and failing to provide the kind of transparency, accountability, and clear rules of engagement that Americans routinely expect of law enforcement agencies.” Frey joins us to discuss the shootings and why he fears that the current immigration consensus in Washington on “border security” could increase Mexico’s civilian toll.

July 4, 2012

Workers take on D’Ambra

Clinton McBride reports on a fight by iron workers working for a Texas contractor.

July 4, 2012

Striking workers and activist supporters including Occupy Dallas members, moved into the offices of the Parkland Hospital construction office with a local news crew on hand.

WORKERS AT D’Ambra Steel in Texas are involved in a heated battle to win basic rights on the job.

D’Ambra is a Texas-based construction subcontractor, which is working on several projects to install rebar (steel reinforcement in concrete) throughout the Southwest, including hospitals, parking garages, highways and skyscrapers in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and Austin. The company prides itself on its “unique service” and timely work, according to its website.

The company also declares that “safety is the number one job and responsibility of each and every employee” and that “the best and most complete safety rules in the world will not prevent accidents. People cause accidents by taking unnecessary personal risks.”

If that sounds like D’Ambra doesn’t care, the company also insists it “will not compromise accident and injury prevention for profit or production.”

June 1, 2012

A wave of prisoner resistance sweeps the South


by | June 1, 2012, 6:00 am


Last week, prisoners in two different facilities in the United States resisted inhumane conditions — one through an uprising that the mainstream media dubbed a “riot,” and the other through a hunger strike. The tactics employed by the two groups differ, but the messages are clearly linked: Prisoners are protesting their conditions and are willing to put their lives on the line to fight for better treatment.

On May 20, inmates took control of the Adams County Correctional Facility in Mississippi for over eight hours. One inmate managed to access a cell phone during the uprising and called WLBT TV in Jackson, proving his presence in the prison by sending pictures. He gave the station the following statement: “They beat us; we’re just [paying] them back. We just need better treatment and services. We need medical attention. We just want some respect. They call us wetbacks” — referring to a racist slur used against undocumented immigrants.

May 16, 2012

Private Prisons Lobby for Harsher Sentences

If you’re looking for one of the reasons why the United States imprisons more people — by miles — than any other nation, you can look to the development of private prisons as a means of making some people rich. Those people spend millions of dollars to lobby elected officials to do two things: Convert government-run prisons to private prisons, and lock up more people for longer periods of time. Because that makes them even richer.

April 4, 2012

ICE Arrest 3k Immigrants in 6 Days, Largest Roundup Ever

By Jorge Rivas, of Colorlines. Tuesday, April 3 2012

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 3,168 undocumented immigrants were detained over the course of six-days in a national operation the agency dubbed “Cross Check.” According to ICE, the six-day operation was the largest such effort in the agency’s history.

Operation Cross Check involved more than 1,900 ICE officers who worked with federal, state and local law enforcement throughout the U.S. to carry out the arrests in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

February 14, 2012

Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children

By Seth Freed Wessler, of ColorLines:

Every morning since the first of his three boys was born in 2007, Felipe Montes would wake early and prepare breakfast for his wife and children, get his boys ready for their day, change them, feed them and when he could not arrange a ride with another family member, drive them to daycare. Then he’d go to work at a landscaping company for the next 9 hours and return home in time to cook his children dinner. “I love my kids to death,” Montes said recently. “When they were born, it’s something so wonderful you can’t explain.” Now, Montes may never see them again.

January 28, 2012

No Conviction, No Freedom: Immigration Authorities Locked 13,000 In Limbo

An immigrant stands in a holding cell at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility for illegal immigrants on July 30, 2010 in Florence, Arizona.

Article by Elise Foley, from the HuffingtonPost:

WASHINGTON — On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime, some of whom will not be charged with one, according to information The Huffington Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Instead, at a cost of roughly 2 million taxpayer dollars per day, the men and women were detained while immigration authorities sorted out their fates.

This case stands in stark contrast to the stated goal of immigration policy under the administration of President Barack Obama: to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants who’ve been convicted of crimes.

January 9, 2012

Quadriplegic Undocumented Immigrant Dies In Mexico After Being Deported From His Hospital Bed

By Marie Diamond of ThinkProgress:

In August 2010, Quelino Ojeda Jimenez, an undocumented construction worker in Chicago, fell 20 feet off a building while on the job and was paralyzed from the neck down. Unable to pay his own medical expenses, he was deported back to Mexico on December 22, 2010.

But he never made it home. Instead, he was left to languish at a small Mexican hospital that was unequipped to handle his needs. UPI reports that Ojeda died on New Year’s Day:


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